Why blame Akshay Kumar for romanticizing a younger actress?
Have you watched Sooryavanshi? Scratch that off, obviously you did. The world has, it seems, gone through gigantic numbers, that is to say. In the wake of this resounding success, Akshay Kumar and Yash Raj Films have just released the teaser for another Akki film – Prithviraj. Of course, based on the life and worth of Prithviraj Chauhan. There’s the sword fighting, there’s the slogans, and then there’s Miss World 2017 winner Manushi Chhillar. She plays Akshay’s love interest in the movie. Not that Prithviraj the movie needed more controversy, but here’s another one. Akshay Kumar is now trolled for the age difference between him and Manushi. Truly?
Now, this is not a new phenomenon. The lagging and older male actors work with younger female actors, we mean. Whenever we have a Salman Khan dancing Slow Motion Mein with Disha Patani, or an Ajay Devgn saying From De Pyaar De to Rakul Preet Singh, that debate is resuscitated. And goes on and on until argumentative Indians on Twitter switch to greener pastures. Or softer targets.
See some reactions on Twitter:
The hero is 54 years old
The heroine is 24 years old
And this is the Bollywood love story for you.
– Ritushree (@QueerNaari) November 16, 2021
Just a reminder that @akshaykumar is a 54-year-old man with a Canadian passport who is courting a 24-year-old actress.
We need to choose our heroes more carefully. https://t.co/sj6F58QANi
– Saahil Dama (@saahil_dama) November 15, 2021
Age of Akshay Kumar – 54 years old.
Manushi Chhillar’s age – 24 years old.
What the hell man … how is that even normalized? https://t.co/5886PbGL7O
– Coby (@superfunkie) November 15, 2021
The funny thing is that cinema in the South is no different. Kabali had Radhika Apte facing Rajinikanth, while Entiran 2.0 had Amy Jackson facing Thalaivar. Hollywood is also taking this route. Um, do you remember the cowboy look of Rambo V and Silvester Stallone? Still, it seems like we find pleasure, almost solace, in trolling anything in Bollywood. And, if we can, specifically Akshy Kumar.
Around the time of Atrangi Re’s announcement, Twitter had a similar reaction to Sara Ali Khan’s casting against Akshay. Sara was not even born when Akshay’s first film Saugandh hit silver screens in 1991. Sara was born in 1995. Likewise, Kiara Advani, Akshay’s costar Laxmii, was born in 1992, a year after Akki made his Bollywood debut. Manushi was born in 1997. So there.
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In all of this trolling, which maybe stems from the need to keep talking, we fail to explain the real reason why such a casting is happening. In an interview with IndiaToday.in, Taapsee Pannu spoke at length about it. “I wish I had the time to be able to devote myself solely to Rashmi Rocket, as many actors do when they make such a movie,” Taapsee began, adding, “… but it’s a little impossible and a little handy for actresses because we don’t get paid that much and we don’t have that kind of career span to devote a whole year to a movie. “
But male actors have that long career. And as an audience, we’ve empowered them that way. The song Tip Tip in Sooryavanshi, despite a section of listeners shouting that Katrina Kaif is nothing compared to Raveena Tandon, is a hit, and neither section actually hesitated to see how good Akshay Kumar had it. visibly aged in the song.
Until the debate over wage disparities and disparities in opportunity is resolved in Bollywood, or any other film industry in this country, this age disparity will remain. It will continue to become fodder for memes every now and then, without coming to a cohesive conclusion.
So why blame Akshay Kumar? Why not blame us too?
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